The School Psychologist provides support to students to help them succeed academically, socially and emotionally. The School Psychologist collaborates with educators, parents, and other professionals to help create safe, healthy and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school and community. The unique position of School Psychologist as expert in the areas of child/adolescent development, assessment, intervention, learning, measurement, and data analysis work enhances student achievement and helps to create life-long learners.
The School Psychologist possesses comprehensive and detailed knowledge of modern principles and practices of psychology as applied on the elementary and secondary school levels, thorough knowledge of modern principles and practices of psychological counseling as applied on the same school levels, and good knowledge of modern principles and practices of teaching and their relationship to psychological counseling.
The School Psychologist
Conducts focused psycho-educational evaluations resulting in academic, social, and behavioral recommendations and supports the potential need for a more comprehensive private evaluation
Collaborates with administrators, teachers, parents, agencies, and outside professionals in planning to meet the needs of individual students
Coordinates with administrators and other teaching staff members to ascertain individual student's abilities and needs, including students with special needs, and to familiarize stakeholders with psychological services
Conducts individual, group or facilitative therapy for students whose diagnosed problems would benefit from behavior modification or differentiated instruction
Assists in the development and implementation of comprehensive behavioral plans for students
Determines appropriate level of service to meet adaptive needs of students
Establishes and maintains professional relationships with school personnel and professionals in the community. Provides recommendations for professional resources to support school staff and families.
Enables students to cope more successfully with school, home and environmental stressors
Assists parents/guardians in gaining a better understanding of student's strengths and weaknesses
Encourages parental involvement in students' education and ensures effective communication with students and parents
Helps parents understand the need for special programs, special education, counseling or other educational services and provides relevant referral resources
Serves as a liaison between the school, families and community providers
Assists with the identification and placement of all types of exceptional students
Serves as a resource and consultant on mental health and child psychology; conducts in-service programs as requested
Participates in team meetings and consults regarding the compilation of documentation for student records
Maintains accurate and complete records
Possesses knowledge of differentiated instruction based upon student learning styles
Possesses knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans
Possesses knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students
Is able to use computer network system and software applications as needed
Attends selective professional development conferences/seminars to further enhance professional knowledge
Qualifications include a master’s degree in school counseling, psychology, or an M.S.W. PhD is preferred. Minimally, 3-5 years of experience in an elementary school setting with children in these grades is ideal.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience. We offer a highly competitive salary and benefits package, generous professional development support, a limited amount of faculty housing and a limited amount of tuition remission for children of faculty and staff.
New Canaan Country School is a private, independent day school serving children from pre-Kindergarten through Grade 9. Located just west of the village of New Canaan, NCCS serves families from many surrounding towns. Founded in 1916, the school has combined a deep belief in tradition and the educational value of fundamental skills with an ongoing commitment to creative teaching and continuous sel...f-evaluation. The result is a dynamic school environment in which elementary and middle school children from all over Fairfield and Westchester counties thrive. Throughout its history, NCCS has emphasized the value of childhood and the role of hands-on experience in learning. Teachers blend an outstanding academic program with an appreciation for patience, simplicity, and the power of imagination. The long-standing tradition of parent support and involvement continues to be a vital element of the School. The character and accomplishments of alumni provide powerful testimony to the success of the school’s approach. Country School is fully enrolled and fosters the socioeconomic diversity of its student body through a generous financial aid program. It has a well-earned reputation as an outstanding day school, sending its graduates to many of the most selective secondary schools in the nation.
The mission of New Canaan Country School is to guide students to reach their intellectual, creative, moral, and physical potential. We value the imagination and curiosity of children and respect childhood as an integral part of life. Our teachers set high academic standards and challenge students to question, to think, to collaborate, and to act with integrity. The school works in partnership with families to teach personal, social, and environmental responsibility and to create a community that honors diversity and our common humanity. New Canaan Country School inspires students to be lifelong learners with the courage and confidence to make a positive contribution to the world.